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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Murdoch against Palmer: when thieves fall out

I love it when thieves fall out. The front page of The Australian today (Saturday) has analysed the tax position of Clive Palmer’s companies. They haven’t paid tax for 6 years.

I am so looking forward to the Australian’s forensic analysis of the tax position of News Corpse both in Australia and globally. Black kettle meet black pot.

By the way The Australian is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I wonder how much profit in how many of those years this advocate of free enterprise and standing on your own 2 feet has made in that time? Zero, zilch, nothing and never, never never come to mind.

A loss of $20 to $50 million a year is small beer for Murdoch and he thinks the price is well worth the imagined influence he buys.

As the current widespread anger against the Budget and the increasingly frantic but futile support The Australian is throwing behind Abbott and Hockey shows, that influence isn’t so great after all.

If Murdoch wants to back winners maybe he should be supporting the wonderful student protesters and, when they begin to organise properly against the Budget by walking off the job, the union movement.



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Comment from Ross
Time May 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

The Murdoch Press represent the big financial Oligarchs. Palmer has dared to break from the pack. He’s too rich to be bought . Don’t trust him, use him.

A few years ago I met for a Prof of Taxation. He said the system was designed to be complicated so the really wealthy pay little or none. Who created all these rules John so the likes of Clive Palmer can pay none ?

I think we should use Clive Palmer as a wedge to destroy the power of Murdoch and bring in a new party that represents the people. Never again will I vote for either of the major parties

I voted for Clive last election for that very reason. Break up the political cartels of the Coalition and Labor.

Comment from Kay
Time May 25, 2014 at 6:28 am

Clive is just a self-serving bully, using simplistic populist ideas to gain popularity. No doubt, if he was in power, he’d be like Berlusconi – bringing in laws for his personal benefit. I half expect his empire to crash – it all seems to be pretty shaky, apparently being financed by the ATO!

I think the lefties are overly obsessed with Murdoch. He really doesn’t have as much influence as he used to have/would like to have.

Comment from Ross
Time May 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Kay and Rupert Murdoch is not a bully ? He had two private interviews with Tony Abbott before and after him becoming leader to the Coalition. I think Rupert spelled out the parameters of Tony’s influence and what their polices should be.

Murdoch is king maker in Aust politics and he now an American Citizen. Murdoch plays under the same ATO rules as Clive Palmer. Is Rupert not as smart as Clive Palmer?

The Murdoch press demonise Clive Palmer because they see him as a threat to the larger Corporate power base.

Comment from Kay
Time May 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm


Yes, Murdoch is not a nice person, even a bully no doubt. But he has so many interests spread across the world, Australian politics being just one of them. He certainly can be a kingmaker – Whitlam, Rudd, Thatcher, Blair, just to mention a few I can think of without trying. Probably even Abbott, although Rudd/Gillard pretty much destroyed Labor’s chances themselves. I think Murdoch mainly wants economic conditions that suit his business interests – he supports both conservative and Labor parties.

But Clive is right in politics himself, and generously funding his own party. He wants to kill the carbon tax plus backdate that – to get a huge refund himself (if he has actually paid his CT tax debt yet). He used to support the LNP here in Qld until Campbell Newman wouldn’t play ball and go along with his mine and resort expansion plans – then he spat the dummy, and his hatred of Newman now knows no bounds. Clive is always suing Newman over something or other!

I am not across News Limited’s tax situation here in Australia, but I expect it actually pays tax – more than Palmer does. And demonise Palmer? Palmer provides so many newsworthy opportunities for newspapers to report on – like his numerous court cases, his dispute with CITIC, his many political activities, fights with the Qld government, his dispute with Coolum resort residents – you name it, always something to report. He is hard to ignore. Should they not report it?

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